During the broadcast of the 72nd annual Emmy Awards Sunday evening, host Jimmy Kimmel was joined by "Black-ish" actor Anthony Anderson for a segment that some watching found to be uncomfortable.
Anderson began the segment by lamenting how the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the awards show from being the "blackest" it had ever been.
"These Emmys would have been so black," Anderson said, "it would have been like hot sauce in your purse black. It would have been Howard University homecoming black. It would have been ‘you fit the description' black."
After prompting Kimmel to clap for him in approval, Anderson began reciting the phrase "Black Lives Matter," prodding Kimmel to join. The host dutifully complied. Increasing in volume and aggressiveness each time, Anderson culminates the chant by making a political jab.
"Louder, Jimmy," Anderson shouts. "Say it so that Mike Pence can hear it!"
More than one viewer said they found the whole scene to be uncomfortable.
? Kimmel, who has been a fierce critic of President Trump and Republicans in general, has been criticized himself for past racial insensitivity, including for a sketch he did dressed in blackface.